How to force MacOS Spotlight to re-index a specific folder

Ever do a search on your hard drive, and some you know the results are missing some files?

Today I was searching a folder that has over 100 movies. Yet, the MacOS Spotlight was showing zero results.

Here’s how you can force the MacOS to re-index a specific folder.

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Rebuild the Spotlight index:

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click Spotlight.
  2. Click the Privacy tab.
  3. Drag the disk or folder that you want to index again to the list of locations that Spotlight is prevented from searching. Or click the add button (+) and select the disk or folder to add.
  4. From the same list of locations, select the disk or folder that you just added. Then click the remove button (–) to remove it from the list.
  5. Quit System Preferences. Spotlight will reindex the contents of the disk or folder. This can take some time, depending on the amount of information being indexed.

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